Mbombela name change challenged

2013-08-26 08:08

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Johannesburg - Mpumalanga residents and Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism (LCBT) are challenging the changing of Nelspruit's name to Mbombela at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

A Sapa correspondent reported on 11 June that over 20 000 residents and the LCBT would challenge the move in court.

Residents have raised more than R300 000 to challenge the changing of the town's name.

"The decision by LCBT to challenge the name change came after an incredible 23 000 residents signed a petition in protest, giving a clear indication of what the community wanted," LCBT financial manager Linda Grimbeek said at the time.

Nelspruit's name was officially changed to Mbombela on 16 October 2009. According to Grimbeek, the name change could cost the Mbombela local municipality R450m.

"In this court action we are setting a benchmark which other towns are watching with keen interest.

There are 52 other towns around the country who may well challenge the name changes if we win this case.

Grimbeek said the outcome of the matter could set a precedent for similar cases elsewhere in the country.

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